Netflix may hit South Africa sooner than expected

Netflix may be launching in South Africa sooner than originally expected, according to a report by MyBroadband.

South Africa part of the global expansion plan of Netflix, a provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, with the company confirming earlier this year that it plans to launch here by the end of 2016.

According to MyBroadband, region-blocking error screens on Roku media players are showing a different Netflix message than previously.

Where previously a user would see an “unavailable in your region” message, Roku now claims that Netflix is “coming soon”.

“Good news! Netflix will be coming soon to this part of the world. Stay tuned.”

The Netflix apps on other platforms – including Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, and Samsung TVs – still show the standard error screen “not available in your region” when trying to access Netflix from a South African Internet connection.

Speculation in the industry suggests that Netflix will launch in South Africa early in 2016, rather than later in the year.

MyBroadband reported that Netflix is hiring two managers to help look after Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), according to job listings on its website.

Two jobs for “Africa” in the streaming service’s financial planning and analysis department, and marketing department – both based in the Netherlands – are advertised.

The first is a Manager, Marketing Planning & Analysis – EMEA, and the second a Senior Manager – EMEA Marketing Insights.

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